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Health and Society Insitute (Residential) – Barnard Pre-College Programs

Health and Society Insitute (Residential)

Barnard Pre-College Programs

Date/Time: Jun 25, 2023 - Jul 14, 2023    
Ages: 15-19
Cost: $9,058.00

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This program examines the interplay of science, medicine, and the experience of health and illness by way of epistemological questions—“How do we know what we know?”—to appreciate not only what becomes defined and recognized as a disease, but the power relationships that produce these effects. This program takes up current and historical examples to interrogate how the benefits of advances in science and medicine remain unequally shared, while exploring critical tools social scientists have offered as possible interventions. Major themes from this session will address biomedicine as a cultural system, the politics of surveillance and care, the performance and rituals of healing, the structure of the US public health system, and others. Students will be engaging with work from a range of scholars, including anthropologists, philosophers, historians, physicians, scientists, and journalists, also with an eye to how these perspectives can inform the health experience of living in New York City.


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New York, NY 10027


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